exclusive economic zone


Definition of exclusive economic zone

: the area of sea and seabed extending from the shore of a country claiming exclusive rights to it

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Recent Examples on the Web Previous laws introduced in Hong Kong by law of Annex III include regulations regarding China's exclusive economic zone, which has an effect on territorial claims in the South China Sea, and legislation regarding foreign banks. James Griffiths, CNN, "Hong Kong is pushing a controversial national anthem bill just as protests are kicking off again," 13 May 2020 Japan conducted a successful test in 2017 and plans to begin commercial mining in Papua New Guinea’s exclusive economic zone were moving forward before finally crashing in September of 2019, reported Ben Doherty in the Guardian. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "Deep-Sea Mining’s Environmental Toll Could Last Decades," 1 May 2020 Japan’s Defense Ministry said the projectiles are believed to have landed in the sea outside the country's exclusive economic zone, according to The Associated Press. NBC News, "North Korea launches projectiles into the Sea of Japan," 29 Mar. 2020 Japan’s Defense Ministry said the projectiles didn’t reach Japanese territory or its exclusive economic zone. NBC News, "North Korea test fires two projectiles into the sea off eastern coast," 21 Mar. 2020 Egypt has substantial energy interests in the eastern Mediterranean, and the agreement sets out exclusive economic zones for Turkey and Libya that would hamstring further exploration by Egypt in a region rich in natural gas. Nicholas Saidel, WSJ, "The Middle East Conflict You Haven’t Heard About," 9 Feb. 2020 The last time a North Korean missile landed in Japan’s exclusive economic zone was November 2017. Victoria Kim, Los Angeles Times, "North Korea launches missile into waters near Japan days before nuclear talks set to resume with U.S.," 1 Oct. 2019 Some of these create exclusive economic zones where one country has access to the fish stocks; there are also some large oceanic preserves. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Researchers track fishing fleets by putting radar sensors on birds," 29 Jan. 2020 The episode came less than a week after North Korea launched a missile that landed off Japan’s coast, also in its exclusive economic zone. BostonGlobe.com, "North Koreans thrown overboard as fishing ship hits Japanese patrol boat - The Boston Globe," 8 Oct. 2019

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1975, in the meaning defined above

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“Exclusive economic zone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exclusive%20economic%20zone. Accessed 27 May. 2020.

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